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Craft and precision, how to exude luxury in intriguing new ways, from the expert cut of a collar to proposing new silhouettes for the modern man’s wardrobe or re-writing the rule book – this issue explores what luxury is all about in 2024 for men’s fashion, and how it is communicated through personal wardrobes, from the subversive to the seductive.

Menswear is in a time of intriguing extremes, where a kind of super-stealth whispered sense of finery is recognised by those in the know, through to total outright decadence. We’re unafraid to go to either place.

And so great talents are featured in their finest and include Daniel Askill, the clever Australian director. Askill has created some of the most memorable music videos of all time with some of the best musicians and is about to release his first feature length film, Lunacy. It’s all improv and so he obv improvised for us, wearing the sharpest-tailored Prada, naturally. The amazing glad-hatter Mr Stephen Jones is photographed by Kasia Wozniak in a brilliant portfolio he styled himself. See above for his take on Cecil Beaton. This year will mark  44 years since the great milliner opened his doors and he has recently announced a major exhibition in Paris. He tells us the career retrospective will be about “my love affair with Paris in particular and my work with the houses of that city, but also the road that led me to this point”. It opens in October.

Also showcased is the CFDA’s 2023 American Menswear Designer of the Year winner Willy Chavarria. The art director and multimedia artist Jess Cuevas conceptualised the shoot, alongside Chavarria, capturing his “many faces”. The American shapeshifts into 11 campy characters and they are all properly wonderful.

Menswear has really become a major playground and is now taken as seriously as womenswear on the international calendar. Jack Moss writes about its “spectacles”, such as the 1,900 people who attended Pharrell Williams’s debut show for Louis Vuitton (result: more than one billion views online). It was pretty epic. We are in the age of the fashion blockbuster. Bringing it.


Daniel Askill wears Prada, photographed by Byron Spencer and styed by Peter Simon Phillips.
Nat wears Emporio Armani, photographed by Rob Tennent and styled by Peter Simon Phillips.
Zhengyang wears Louis Vuitton, photographed by Ken Ngan and styled by Sophia Neophitou.